A Sharing Faith

In life there has always been an us and them division. Over the years, this division has continued. Even in the most diverse gatherings, we see smaller groups and cliques that promote a lack of unity. In Philemon 1, we read in verse 6 of a “participation in the faith,” a faith that “we hold […]

Found Forever

Philemon is a short letter but it is surely a gem. In Philemon 1:15, Paul writes that Onesimus was lost for only a little while so that Philemon could have him back forever. The forever that is mentioned is not talking about the return of Onesimus to the position of servant to Philemon, for him […]

Be Useful

Something that I have been thinking about a lot is usefulness. There are moments when we have items in our home that are not useful to us. Sometimes we have apps on our devices that are not useful. Maybe at a time they seemed useful, but things have changed. But usefulness isn’t only something we […]

Refreshing Kindness

Kindness is always refreshing. In this dark world, kindness is a great light that shines brightly. Paul wrote about how he had such joy and comfort from knowing of the love that was being shown to others. Paul also recognized that kindness refreshes people’s hearts. The word that is used means “to give rest.” It […]

Philemon Study: True Forgiveness

[Philemon] Paul wrote letter to Philemon while he was in jail. Philemon’s house may be where the Colossian church met (v. 2). Philemon had a slave Onesimus (v. 16). Onesimus means “useful” or “beneficial.” Onesimus was useless to Philemon – slave who stole money and ran away. Paul converted Onesimus. Onesimus is now useful to […]